Historic bipartisan workforce bill can strengthen system

June 12, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

On May 21, Congress introduced the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). If passed, the new law would effectively replace our nation’s existing workforce development laws (the WIA, or Workforce Investment Act of 1998). The new bill focuses on streamlining programs (eliminating 15 of them), standardizes reporting across programs and helps break down administrative […]

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New board chair opines on history, vision and twins

Charlotte Works Staff

Dan Roselli, co-founder of Packard Place, was elected the new chair of the board of Charlotte Works at its April meeting. News @ The Works caught up with him recently to talk history (his and a famous figure from whom he draws inspiration), vision and twins. News @ The Works (N@TW): What’s your title and […]

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Employers: Grow your business while growing your staff

May 16, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Impact your bottom line while improving the skills of your new hires with an On-The-Job Training (OJT) Grant! On-The-Job Training (OJT) Grants target business needs by training newly hired employees in skilled positions. Participating Mecklenburg County employers are reimbursed 50 to 90 percent of the salaries ($6,000 to $20,000) of their OJT trainees while these […]

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2013 Outstanding SNAP Site of the Year: Grace-Mar Services, Inc. is taking the lead

February 15, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

“I interviewed with several nonprofits and no one would give me a job,” says Kenny Smith, president and founder of Grace-Mar Services, Inc., describing the organization’s beginnings. “So I said to my wife, ‘I’ll start my own.’” A career as a top sales professional with GE Capital, American Express and Wells Fargo didn’t allow Smith […]

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Charlotte Works goes to Washington

Charlotte Works Staff

The last week of January proved to be a big one for those of us in the workforce development field. First, a big surprise came during the State of the Union, when President Barack Obama announced he was charging Vice President Joe Biden to lead an effort to reform our nation’s workforce system. Part of […]

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Attention Mecklenburg County employers

January 17, 2014 Charlotte Works Staff

Increase your bottom line by improving your employees’ skills with an Incumbent Workforce Development grant (IWDG)! Awards of up to $25,000 are available to boost your employees’ value to your company and help your business compete both regionally and globally. The IWDG program offers competitive retention-solution grants that qualifying businesses can use to address their […]

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Employer Series directly connects job-seekers with hiring intelligence

Charlotte Works Staff

What does Carolinas HealthCare System look for on resumes or applications that signals them to put the candidate at the top of the pile and selected to interview? Does volunteering at the hospital increase a job-seeker’s chance to get noticed? How does the application process work at Novant Healthcare? What do the opportunities for advancement look […]

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Employer Extra

Charlotte Works Staff

This month, we introduce Employer Extra, a new quarterly column aimed at providing employers with advice and information to help them find, hire and train the best employees.   Attracting the right candidates: the modern job posting It’s important to understand that a job description is both a recruitment tool and a marketing document. Its outcome […]

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Holiday wishes from Charlotte Works

December 13, 2013 Charlotte Works Staff

The holidays are often a time for reflection and thanksgiving. Charlotte, as a growing community, has much to be thankful for. The partnerships, volunteers, businesses and staff at Charlotte Works work year-round to ensure that job-seekers who want to return to work or improve their career opportunities have the tools to be successful. According to […]

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Our Annual Report is now available

Charlotte Works Staff

Everything you ever wanted to know about Charlotte Works’ clients and activities in the program year that ended June 30, 2013, is available at your virtual fingertips: PY12-13 Annual Report Final – HiRes. The look back at the first year of operation as “Charlotte Works” in the Employer Engagement Center includes client profiles, event and program […]

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